Guys, why didn’t you tell me how delicious Rice Krispy treats are?¬†I mean, it’s been a few years since I’ve tasted one, but I don’t remember them being¬†this yummy. My mom used to make them all the time when I was a kid, and they were good, but definitely not my favorite. When I think about it, though, I’m pretty sure my mom never dipped her Rice Krispy treats into melted chocolate and/or sprinkled them with crunchy candy bits. And, everyone knows that snacks on sticks are superior to regular, boring old square snacks. So, I guess it’s possible that these chocolate covered Rice Krispy Treat pops are just better than the ones my mom made. Hmmm. Don’t…tell her…I said that…please…
But seriously, these Rice Krispy treat pops are amazingly delicious — chewy and crispy at the same time, delightfully sticky, and chock full of sugary, marshmallow-y goodness. Purists might think the chocolate and candy/sprinkle coating are overkill, but it’s not! It adds a whole different dimension of awesomeness to an otherwise humble treat. The rich chocolate flavor is a perfect complement to the sugary sweetness of the marshmallow, and the toffee bits (or nuts, or anything else you want to use) add texture and crunch to each bite. Oh, and because these treats are on a stick, they’re both portable and fun to eat! Could this be everyone’s new favorite party food?
Chocolate Covered Rice Krispy Treat Pops¬†(Slightly adapted from the Original Rice Krispy Treat recipe)
** I really liked the pops with the mini chocolate chips, and Dan’s favorite were the ones with the crunchy toffee bits. For a next batch, I’m toying with the idea of doing peanut butter-chocolate or caramel versions.
- 4 tbsp butter
- 6 cups Rice Krispy cereal
- 1 10oz bag of marshmallows
- 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp heavy cream
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1 tbsp light corn syrup
- Toffee bits (optional)
- Mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Chopped nuts (optional)
- Lollipop sticks (or¬†Popsicle¬†sticks)
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place butter and marshmallows in a large sauce pan or microwaveable bowl, and heat or microwave them until the marshmallows are gooey and melted. Stir often to ensure even consistency.
** If you’re using the microwave, 1-1/2 to 2 minutes is all you really need. Do it in 30 second intervals to make sure your marshmallows don’t puff up over the edges of the bowl.
- Add Rice Krispy cereal to the bowl or pan, and stir to coat everything evenly in the marshmallow mixture.
- Grease your hands with butter or Pam, and quickly scoop out sticky handfuls of cereal/marshmallow. Shape the handfuls into balls, and drop them onto your prepared baking sheet.
** You want to work quickly b/c you don’t want the mixture to harden before you’re done. But, at the same time, the¬†mixture will be hot, so be careful not to burn yourself.
- Insert a single lollipop or Popsicle stick into the center of each Rice Krispy Treat ball. Stick everything into the fridge to chill while you make your dipping chocolate.
- In a microwaveable bowl, combine chocolate chips, heavy cream, and corn syrup. Microwave for 30-45 seconds, then stir vigorously until you get smooth, melted chocolate. ¬†Add milk and stir vigorously to make your melted chocolate more liquid (and better for dipping).
- Lay out shallow dishes full of toppings (toffee, chocolate chips, nuts, sprinkles, etc.)
- Dip each Rice Krispy Treat pop into your bowl of melted chocolate, and swirl to coat. Allow excess chocolate to drip off the edges/bottom, then roll your pop around in the topping of your choice.
- Put dipped/topped pops back on the baking sheet, and chill for another 30 minutes.